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Considerations for Agricultural Chemical Facility Operators and Workers Prior to a Flood


  • Activate your emergency call list
  • Think of people's safety first
  • Account for everyone when evacuating the site
  • Postpone deliveries of new products until the flood risk has passed
  • And/or call suppliers to remove their products
  • Lock and protect storage tank valves
  • Secure storage tanks to prevent movement or damage by flood waters
  • Move rolling stock to higher ground
  • Move mini-bulk and 55-gallon off-site or elevate onto pallets
  • Move small packaging to higher ground or elevate
  • Make sure tank lids are secured
  • Sweep and clean up contaminants within containment areas
  • Place pumps indoors and within outdoor containment areas
  • Start barricading openings around doors before lower ground floods
  • Empty fuel tanks into fuel trucks
  • Empty liquid fertilizer tanks and move product off-site
  • Empty bulk pesticide tanks and move product off-site
  • Empty dry fertilizer from bins and move product off-site
  • Remove all pumps and meters
  • Fill empty liquid fertilizer and bulk pesticide tanks with water so they won't float away
  • Maintain accurate inventory of product on site
  • Retrieve important records (customer invoices, farm maps, etc.)
  • Remove computer hard drives off-site
  • Place computer equipment and files on top of desks or move them off-site
  • Turn off electricity
  • Remove as much electrical equipment as possible
  • Fuel and turn on generators to activate pumps
  • Notify state duty officer of any accidental release of product as soon as possible

MDA Contact

Amanda Baesler
Amanda.baesler@state.mn.us
651-201-6599